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12-10-2009 11:14 PM

I have a 10ft x 14ft. outside woodworking shed with no heat. When winter is here and the temperetur is 30deg and below work stops in my shop,,

-- Bob, Mesick, Michigan

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 11:44 PM

I have a garage Mr. Heater. It’s outside vented and hangs from the ceiling. Works great in my 12 X 24 shop.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 11:51 PM

I use an old antique potbelly woodburner in my shop that I bought off of craigslist for $200. I have a detached 2 car garage that it heats up very quickly using a fan behind it to push the hot air around the shop. The best part is it doesn’t cost me anything to use since I get my firewood from the local tree services for free.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 11:52 PM

A small wood stove in mine….but before I used a propane heater….and had a kerosene one as backup (both worked very good…but kept needing to get fuel).....the wood stove is a vogelzanger pot belly…they are small and very affordable….and since I generate a lot of fuel…there is never any shortage…LOL…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 12:25 AM

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy heater, small, inexpensive, (under $100.00) will run on #20 propane tanks, low oxygen shutoff so you won’t poison yourself with Carbon Monoxide, and will run you out of that shed on high…

If you haven’t done so, please post a shop tour. I am going to be losing the garage space to the wife eventually, and want to see how shed guys get everything in there, including themselves…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 12:34 AM

My shop is in the basement but during winter it can get down to the 50’s in there so I have a Vermont Castings high efficiency wood burning stove that is mechanically thermostatically controlled. Works well and the fuel has been free.

My buddy’s shop is in his garage and he just installed a gas heater like the Modine type overhead and runs it off of 100lbs. propane tanks. It’s not even a week old running wise but he really likes it already. No wonder, it’s 7°F out today. :)

The upside of my wood stove is on days like this I’ll fire it up and get the basement up to about 80° and as they say heat rises so it helps to heat my house and my boiler runs way less.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 01:14 AM

i use to use a kerosun for years and it worked pretty well, but when kerosene got to $5.00 a gallon, i switched to a ventless gas heater with a low oxygen sensor. i buried a gas line out from the house (i’m in a detached garage) and hung the heater on the wall. it is about as cheap as anything except wood burning. the garage is not sealed tight like a house so it shouldn’t be a problem with oxygen. natural gas is the cheapest. i personally would avoid propane. it is the most volatile and dangerous and very expense (3 or times natural gas). It is also convienent to never having to refill and change out the tank. I leave the heater on all the time. now that it’s frozen, burying a gas line might be difficult. I spent $140 for my heater and $30 for the gas line run to the garage.


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 02:21 AM

I use a Hot Dawg gas heater in mine. Works like a champ.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#8 posted 12-11-2009 02:34 AM

I allso use a Hot Dawg gas heater, works great.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 03:17 AM

russv, I agree with you on natural gas. I told my buddy before it froze to run a gas line underground from the house to the garage, no more the 10ft for him but that was too much work I guess. The heater came jetted for natural gas and he had to change the jets for propane. We’ll see how he likes hauling 100lbs tanks back and forth. State law says they have to be vertical and strapped in and they wouldn’t let him leave the yard until he did that. Remember Falk? Hope that don’t happen to his garage. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 03:56 AM

I’ve got a Keroheat model 2230 barrel style convection heater that keeps my garage a fairly comfortable temperature even in temps below 10 degrees F. I used it for maybe three days a week last year, and so far about 3-4 days a week this year. Takes about 15 minutes to heat up a 20 X 25 space (with not a whole lot of insulation) and usually burns slightly over a quarter of a tank after about 3-3.5 hours. If you can’t install a dedicated gas line because of the weather, like russv mentioned, you could certainly use the kerosene heater until next year. I have no other backup heat for the house, so a kerosene heater serves a dual purpose for me. Nice to have around in case of power outtages. Eventually, I’d like to run a dedicated natural gas line, but until I decide whether or not I’ll build a seperate shop building, this one will do. For what it’s worth, K1 kerosene is about $3.41 a gallon in my area and the heater was $99.00 on sale.


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#11 posted 12-11-2009 04:18 AM

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but where I live, the law is kind of relaxed I put this furnace in last winter after winter hit. I was told by my local home improvement center to put the line above ground temporarily. What he said was to run a section of stainless steel flexible gas line and put it in PVC pipe to protect it. I anchored it to the ground and waited till spring to bury it. It worked fine all winter. don’t use black pipe outside. When I buried it, I left it in the pvc so it would be protected from a shovel hitting it.


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#12 posted 12-11-2009 04:27 AM

russv, We Engeries was just here a few months ago and had to replace my feed out to the road due to a leak in the front yard (it was from 1935 if I remember correctly) and they used plastic pipe and that’s at 35psi till it hits the regulator by the meter. So using stainless steel in my opinion is a step up and at the 7” W.C. pressure (about 0.5 psi) after the regulator/meter I think you were safe.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 12-11-2009 04:43 AM

My shop is not much larger and use one of those oil-filled radiator sytle electric heaters. I keep the shop about 50 with it, then kick on a standard space heater until 65 degrees. Takes about 30 minutes. My shop is insulated and I suggest yours be insulted too.

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#14 posted 12-11-2009 04:58 AM

Got a HotDawg – it’s the best!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 12-11-2009 05:16 AM

I’ve used that plastic stuff in the past. I hated it. it’s stiff and hard to turn a corner. the fittings can leak easily. The SS line had special fittings and you can shape it to make a turn in a fairly sharp radius (no, not 90 degree).

one thing about heating the shop only when you’re in there I have to say. With all that metal, I think maintaining a constant temp is better than trying to heat all that metal up and down.


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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